Fresh off the San Francisco 49ers’ 29-24 come-from-behind win in Denver, the Morning Tailgate has all the top headlines from the team’s second preseason win of 2012.
Sunday’s win was a hard-fought effort that saw the 49ers score 19 unanswered points in the second half to beat the Broncos on the road. All four 49ers quarterbacks led scoring drives, leaving the coaches with plenty to contemplate as they put together the quarterback depth chart. By 1 p.m. PT, the team will trim its roster to the mandatory 75-man limit. Currently, the 49ers have 89 players on the team.
Many of those 89, including running back Anthony Dixon, were singled out by Jim Harbaugh following Sunday’s victory. Eric Branch of The San Francisco Chronicle highlighted Dixon’s hard-running in his game notebook. The 49ers coach mentioned many of his hard-workers, a list that featured 355-pound guard Leonard Davis, who lined up as an extra blocker with the first-team offense.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com noted Dixon and Davis’ efforts in his game notebook.
“(Davis) is eager to please,” Maiocco wrote. “And he likes his new role, which was unveiled on Sunday when he was used throughout game at tight end as an extra blocker.”
Maiocco also notes that Kyle Williams could begin the regular season as the 49ers starting punt returner following Ted Ginn Jr.’s ankle injury against the Broncos. Harbaugh told reporters Ginn Jr.’s x-rays were negative.
Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee offers his game story from Denver which includes details on Colin Kaepernick’s impressive play. Barrows: “Colin Kaepenrick had a strong game in going 4-4 for 80 yards and rushing twice for 11 yards. Kaepernick, who played the third quarter, connected with Kyle Williams for a 46-yard catch-and-run play, the 49ers’ longest pass play of the preseason and a pass described by Harbaugh as ‘a laser.’”
ESPN.com’s Mike Sando revisits his three pre-Broncos observations for the 49ers.
FoxSports.com lists 49ers defensive tackle Justin Smith as one of the league’s most underrated players. “There are very few defensive players in this sport that offensive coordinators build entire gameplans against. DeMarcus Ware is one, Darrelle Revis is one, and Justin Smith is one. Smith gets respect, but isn’t often in the conversation of “Best Defensive Players in the NFL,” and he should be. He’s the engine to that top-ranked 49ers defense. An absolute bull, he’s nearly impossible to block both on the rush and the pass. Teams lose sleep over Justin Smith.”
49ers.com’s preseason coverage included a game story on the 49ers edging the Broncos in the second half, a look at Perrish Cox’s return to Denver and David Akers’ continued excellence, plus a video recap of the game and our latest Cover 2 segment.
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